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Digital work-life-balance: ‘Going off the grid’

March 9, 2016 @ 12:00 am - 5:00 pm

EPSRC Balance Network
Digital work-life-balance:

‘Going off the grid’: Can employees really switch off during travel?

9th of March 2016, 12.00-17.00 at Bournemouth University

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Technologies have had a massive impact on society and transformed how we work, live and experience travel. Social and mobile technologies have particularly enabled people to connect on an unprecedented scale, with any device, anywhere and at any time. While technologies enhance our professional and private lives in numerous ways, there is increasing evidence that people are no longer ‘switching off’. Leisure travel, grounded in the motivation of escapism and the reversal of everyday life, has traditionally had the purpose to switch off, refresh and restore body and mind. What happens however if ‘going off the grid’ is no longer an option in our hyper-connected and work-centred lifestyles?

This event aims to open a debate on changed work life balance realities in a digital world. It engages academics, tourism, technology and HR professionals, students and the public in a dialogue about the wider challenges and expectations towards connectivity of employees in the context of travel.

Funder: EPSRC
Principal Investigator: Dr Barbara Neuhofer
Co-Investigator: Professor Adele Ladkin

The event takes place on 9th of March 2016, 12.00-17.00 at Bournemouth University, Kimmeridge House.


Event Programme

Digital work-life-balance: ‘Going off the grid’: Can employees really switch off during travel?


12.00-12.30        Arrival and Registration at Kimmeridge House Foyer

12.30-13.00        Welcome and workshop opening

©   Prof Keith Wilkes (Dean of Faculty of Management) Welcome to Bournemouth University

©   Dr Barbara Neuhofer and Prof Adele Ladkin

Welcome and event opening

13.00-15.00        Presentations: “Going off the Grid: Challenges and expectations of employee connectivity during travel.”

©  Prof Dimitrios Buhalis (Director eTourismLab, Bournemouth University)

To connect or not to connect: Is this a question?

©  Dr Zornitza Yovcheva (Augmented Reality Expert and User Experience Consultant, WeAreExperience London)

The future is a connected life: Wearable technologies and ubiquitous connectivity


©  Dr Lauren Kita (Mindfulness Therapist and Research Psychologist, Bournemouth University)

Switching off: The importance of disconnecting for restoration of body and mind during travel

©  Dr Juliet Jain (Senior Research Fellow, University of the West of England): Connected or disconnected? Technology, travel and wellbeing

©  Claire Steiner (Institute of Travel & Tourism): Strategies to switch-off: A human resources perspective

©  Dr Raian Ali (Head of Research in Computing and Informatics, Bournemouth University): Should digital media react agains digital addiction, and how?

15.00-15.30        Networking Coffee-break

15.30-16.30        Panel discussion and audience Q&A: “Switching off from technology and work on holiday: Future necessity or pure luxury?”

16.30-late            Get-together and networking evening reception at the Retreat Restaurant, Bournemouth University


© Confirmed speakers





March 9, 2016
12:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Bournemouth University
Bournemouth, BH12 5BB United Kingdom + Google Map


BU eTourism Lab – Dr Barbara Neuhofer